Monday, September 24, 2012

First Weekend of Fall....

This is my favorite time of year....
Mother Nature plays a big part in why I love Fall and these photos help to explain why....
You can't find colours so deep any true any other place but in nature...
The tones, the shades, the light.....
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The clouds at sunset....looked like a storm was rolling in....
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Whites, greys, yellows...
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Orange, green, more grey and white...
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Front entryway...welcome...
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Mini Island in the kitchen...vintage tin signs, pie stand, wooden cheese box, apples.....
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Curled up on the couch looking through Style at Home ....
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I couldn't believe my eyes....a double rainbow....'make a wish'...and I did! ;)
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The rainbow was guiding me home....but, the elusive pot of gold could not be found...
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My front steps....pumpkins, gourds, grasses, antlers, drfit wood....
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The base arrangement is from The Garage in Belmore, ON and I have just added to it....
 Bring on the frost, the raking of the leaves, the hot chocolate, the bonfires...the list could go on and on....

Happy Fall!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Sunrise.... was an eerily beautiful, foggy morning on my way to work today.
It was one of those drives, ....watching the sun come up through the trees, the cool crisp air, the music playing and coffee in hand...that you can't help but reflect on things....on life....

I have been very lucky in life....but I have also worked very hard for who and what I am today.
 A drive like this morning's... winding down the hills of the escarpment, seeing horses being let out to pasture, the trees starting to turn....gave me a few moments to think about where I am in my life and that I am very fortunate, but also, what I need to continue to do to keep growing as a person and what I need to do to 'be a better me'.
every day.
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Just some things to think about....
I find taking the time, ...even just a few minutes....., to re-focus and truly reflect on yourself, where you are now and where you want to go...can be the most valuable minutes of the day!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Some of my favorite ladies!

Some of these gals I know personally....and some I know via their Blogs, Instagram, Facebook etc...But... from our interactions and discussions, I feel like I know them personally and they are my long lost internet soulmates!
Steph is a good friend of mine from London. We're both Kinesiologists and work in the Rehab/Disability Management field full time, but we also have our 'part time' passions. Steph makes gorgeous cards, invitations and other paper products via her Etsy shop, A Paper Buffet. She has also recently opened a second Etsy store called, Knitley Road, where she offers her amazing felted wool and knitted products (I have the iPhone cozy and LOVE it!). Steph is also a very talented photographer and my avatar on Insta, Twitter and FB is a pic she took of me a few summers ago :)

Live Love and Laugh Happy Birthday Greeting Card

Felted cell phone cozy in brown and teal , smartphone case fits iPhone, Blackberry and Android phones

Lovely and Chic
When I moved into my new home just over a year ago, not only was I lucky enough to find a house I love but I also soon found out what a wonderful neighbourhood I had become a part of and Michele and her hubby are the best neighbours/friends a gal could ever ask for! Michele owns an incredible boutique in downtown Guelph called Blush and has a very loyal and devoted following of fashion conscious and stylish patrons! Everytime I walk into her shop, or even pull into my driveway (she has a shop-on-wheels called BOW that is every gals dream of a shoping experience!)...Michele's fantastic sense of style and grace are ever present!

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I would have to say that Lynne is my long lost internet soulmate! She and I have never met (we will someday soon), but her sense of humour, her outlook on life and her supportive nature remind me a lot of well as our like/love of G&Ts!
The other interesting tidbit about Lynne is that she lives about 45 minutes from my parents on an absolutely spectacular piece of property with a gorgeous home/pool and very, very cool treehouse! Her wonderful home and grounds were recently published in "Our Homes" magazine...definitely have a look!

In ground Pool built in an old barn stone foundation

Tree fort living

Heritage Row Reno
A&J are renovating a 1890s row house in St. John's and her pictures/blog make me want to pick up and move out there...or at least find a vacation getaway like theirs anyways! We have never met, but she won my 'Backyard Contest' this summer and through our interactions, her photos, her blog etc, I think that if we lived down the street from eachother, we'd be fast friends! We have a similar style, enjoy the same things like escaping to the water (in her case, she gets to go to the ocean to her cottage), the outdoors, DIYing....and...they have a Choc Lab!!!

Here are a few more ladies and their Blog's that I read/follow and offer me never ending inspiration:

Sashay - Meredith Heron
Made By Girl - Jen Ramos

Thanks again to these ladies for being part of my life in their own unique ways!



Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Go Green...

I was flipping through the new issue of House and Home magazine and came across this page that brought a smile to my face....
I have collected green glass for as long as I can can be found in every room of my home, serving many purposes....some purely decorative, others, more functional.
The bar glasses, martini glasses, shot glasses and a shaker.....all in various shades of green.
My 'everyday' glasses are made of a thick, green glass.....
Bowls on the buffet.....
The sunflowers in a green pitcher...
Green goblets I just found in the basement (forgot that I had them!)

Green tea cup and green tea/coffee set (2 cups, cream and sugar)....some of these items will soon be listed on my Etsy shop...
I tend to use green quite a bit in my is in my throw pillows, throws and candle holders in my living room and in my bath matt & decor items in my bathroom.
I hope you all have a collection you have on display...that you can enjoy every day. I also hope you have fun growing your collection. I always have my eyes peeled for new pieces at auctions, in local shops, at markets etc etc...When I find a new piece that I just have to have, I can't wait to get it home and find the perfect spot for it.
Happy Collecting!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Open for visitors....

....The guest room that is!
I found this gorgeous twin bed at the Restore here in town. I had been wanting to do something "daybed-esqe" in the office/guest room due to size constraints. 
Bed Before - Boring Brown 
 Bed After - Fresh, Clean, Crisp White
Before and After....I'm really happy with how it turned out!

Then into the office it went to wait for the mattress to be delivered. The bed is going along the back wall, under the windows so you can lay in bed and have a great view of the trees, sky and local wildlife (ie. cardinals, squirrels, chipmunks etc).
The room gets great light, it's bright, airy and a great combo space of office and guest room. was time for pillows! I purchased the striped pillow at Urban Barn, already had the black script pillows from a store here in Guelph called Greengate Interiors and my Mom knit the front pillow cover for me (which I absolutely LOVE!!!)

Pillows....cozy blankets....sun streaming in.....

 And....voila!!! I have a very comfie and cozy guest bed!

The comforter is Ralph Lauren from Home Sense...a perfect linen/burlap look. The linens (which you can't see but are oh sooo comfie) are Gluckstein from Home Outfitters...and I believe the grey, furry blanket is from there too.

So...if you are ever in the Guelph area and need a place to rest your head....just let me know...we are now accepting reservations :)

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